SAAC Spring Results

SAAC News Release:

As another enthralling spring season in SAAC comes to a close, it is time to announce the champions in each respective division. We would like to thank all SAAC Academies for participating and making it another spring season to remember.

U14 – Male 

Rush Canada has taken the crown after being two points back prior to the last game of the season. It was down to the wire, but they secured the title with a win over Premier SI on August 21.

U14 – Female

Congratulations to FC Durham Academy for finishing first place this year. They finished the season with an undefeated record of five-wins and two-draws.

U15 – Male 

Congratulations to Toronto Skillz for finishing first place this year. Finishing the season with an overall record of eight-wins, one-loss and one-draw is quite the feat. FC Durham can pull into a tie with Skillz if they take a win over ANB Futbol, but Toronto Skillz hold the tiebreaker with a 2-1 win over FC Durham.

U16 – Male 

Congratulations to ANB Futbol for finishing first place this year. ANB went undefeated with seven-wins and three-draws during the course of the season.

U16 – Female

Congratulations to FC Durham for a stellar season! It came down to the last game of the season, but FC Durham was able to edge out Rush Canada to become this years U16 Female Champions. They finished with a record of eight-wins, one-tie and one-loss.

U17 – Male 

Congratulations to FC Durham for finishing in the top spot this year. An error was recently fixed to the final standings. It was a close race between Durham and Eurostar, but with a record of seven-wins and three-draws, they were able to cement themselves at the top of the table.

U20 – Male 

Congratulations to Sigma FC for finishing in the top spot this year. Maintaining an undefeated record of eight-wins and two-draws is a great accomplishment. Well done!



ANB Announce Athletic Awards


ANB Futbol Release:

ANB Futbol is pleased to announce four of its athletes have received athletic awards.

Victoria Duraes
Giulia Zanardi
Sadaam Yousufzai
Patricio Gonzalez

“I am very proud of the athletes’ achievements, although this is just another step in their soccer aspirations. I am confident they will continue to work hard and take with them what they have learned from their coaches and the ANB philosophy. We are proud to see them succeeding in their own way and with different teams. We will continue to work with all ANB athletes to ensure their dreams become reality,” said Academy Director, Bassam Naim.

Each athlete’s press release is available on the official ANB Futbol website.

ANB academy’s vision is to become Canada’s leading soccer development organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching and training.

For more information on the programs offered by ANB academy, check out our website site at, by telephone at 905-313-8661 or via email at


ANB Victorious at Cobra Classic

ANB Futbol traveled to Rochester, NY this past weekend to participate in the 26th annual Cobras Summer Classic. Over 100 teams traveled from various Northeastern states & Ontario. ANB Futbol was represented by 83 athletes on seven teams ranging in age from U-9 to U-14.

Overall, ANB Futbol displayed talent on the field, exposing their brand of passing futbol from the youngest ages to the oldest. Many compliments for the style of play were received from referees to opposing team coaching staff.


U-9 – 3 wins

U-10 – 1 win / 2 losses

U-11 – 2 wins / 1 loss (3rd place)

U-12 White – 2 wins / 1 loss (3rd place)

U-12 Blue – 3 wins / 1 loss (CHAMPIONS)

U-13 – 4 wins (CHAMPIONS – without conceding a goal)

U-14 – 3 wins / 1 loss (CHAMPIONS)

ANB Futbol tournament contact, Marcelo Almeida said, “It was amazing to see all the players enjoying the event and then watching the same style of play from U-9 all the way to U-14. The passing combinations showed a lot of skill & tactical awareness on the field.  There is always a sense of accomplishment for any coach to see what we work on in training come out in a game. Congratulations to all the ANB coaches & players for their success & thank you to the tournament organizers for hosting a great event!”

ANB Futbol is planning on participating in the event again in 2017.

Full tournament details can be found here.


ANB take 6th at French Tournament


SAAC Academy, ANB Futbol finished in 6th place out of 24 teams at the Challenge de Champagne Tournament in France. ANB was also awarded the tournaments best coaching staff. On behalf of everyone at SAAC, we congratulate them on a successful trip.

ANB Team Roster:

  • Alexander Markou
  • Alexander Ilie
  • Adam Rustami
  • Kayden Jetha
  • Jonathan Ingram
  • Denys Verbinsky
  • Kian Pourbakhtiani (GK)
  • Callum Young
  • Pasha Mohmedi
  • Thomas Masson
  • Noah Longo
  • Aaron Ameeriar – Scored most goals for ANB Futbol, 4 in total – Congrats.
  • Daniel Jebbison
  • Andrea Nguionza


  • Bassam N: Head of Delegation and Head Coach
  • Sue PQ: Team Manager
  • Mary LR: Team Manager

ANB player on trial at Troyes:

  • Victor De Giorgio

Victor injured his right abductor ligament after the second trial session. He will be invited to another trial to Troyes sometime in August of this year, as he has impressed the club and coaches with his performances in the first two sessions.

Here is a technical report from academy director, Bassam Naim.

Pre-Tournament Preparation:

  • Short window of training time using the 8v8,  leading up to the tournament.
  • Classroom session/organization meeting was needed and helpful.
  • Better understanding of the physical and tactical requirements of the tournament.

Preparation at Destination – Troyes, France:

  • Two training sessions and one game (3 periods x 15 minutes) were helpful for players to acclimatize.
  • Rainy weather did not allow for enough outdoors activities, but players were active inside game room.
  • Players hydrated often, additional water bottles were purchased the second day of arrival.

Conditions & Environment:

  • Having the extra days to adjust from travelling is very necessary.
  • Time change, sleep conditions as well as nutrition and hydration, played a role during the first few days.

8 vs. 8 Game:

  • Most of the players adjusted to the 8v8 game tactically. Pre-tournament preparation game vs. Estac Troyes U-13 program was very helpful.
  • Emotional stress lead to some players breaking down at times, but overall players performance was good.
  • Few nervous players, unable to breathe properly and signs of panic during the games.
  • Hydration was monitored as enough water was provided.
  • Speed of play was an issue. Players tend to take too much time and additional touches in making decisions, allowing the opposition to press them and take the ball away.
  • Regardless of size, the opposition was quick and aggressive, not fearing challenges from anyone.
  • Game time, pressure and opposition closing space, resulted in lack of understanding among players from game-to-game.

Final Comments from Bassam:

Living in a true futbol culture, growing up in a professional environment and witnessing how youth players are formed daily for the pro-level, are a continuous eye opener and great lesson for our players and management.

Thank you to all players and coaching team for representing our academy and great country proudly. All in all, it was a great experience for the players to be living, training and playing alongside youth players who have ambitions of becoming future pros some day, in a country that has already won the World Cup, Euro Cup and place second in the world for producing professional futbol players .

ANB Futbol’s second experience at the “Challenge De Champagne” in France, has proven to be more fruitful than its first one. Congratulations to all.


ANB’s DeGiorgio at ESTAC Troyes

ANB Futbol is pleased to announce that one young Academy player has received an official trial opportunity with ESTAC Troyes. Victor DeGiorgio (2002 born) will travel to the French Ligue 1 club & train with its academy programs for one week (

Victor will be leaving Canada at the beginning of June, along with the ANB Futbol U-13 team that is participating in the “Challenge de Champagne” tournament.  He will be assessed by the club’s U-14 team technical staff and competing against other players for a position in the group; if successful, further arrangements will be made for him to officially join the club.  A club scout identified Victor at last year’s tournament in France and at the annual ANB International ID Camp.

Victor has been a member of ANB Futbol Academy for the past seven years, competing in various age groups starting with the U-8 program.


“Victor is an attacking player, a striker who gives defenders fits.  We truly hope he will be able to do the same in France and we look forward to hear good reports of his trial. With his age, we will have to respect FIFA rules on international transfers.  We believe this is the first of many steps for Victor!  We wish him well,” says Academy Director, Bassam Naim.

ANB Academy’s vision is to become Canada’s leading soccer development organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching and training.

For more information on the programs offered by ANB Academy, check out our website at or by telephone 905-313-8661 or email


Three ANB players on European trial


Three 1999 born players from ANB Futbol travelled to Europe last weekend to pursue professional trials. Alessandro Tansella, Jordan Araujo and Adonijah Reid will be assessed in one week trials, April 3 to April 9 at Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal).

Adonijah Reid will be attending an additional trial from April 10 to April 24, 2016 at Dynamo Zagreb (Croatia).